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Agricultural Water Storage in an Era of Climate Change: Assessing Need and Effectiveness in Africa

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Rebelo, Lisa-Maria; McCartney, Matthew; Xenarios, Stefanos; Smakhtin, Vladimir
Date: 2013
Agency: International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka
Series: IWMI Research Report no. 152
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/9086
Sector: Agriculture
Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Africa
Subject(s): climate change
adaptation
water management
socio-economic systems
population
poverty
river basins
soil
Abstract: "By mitigating the vagaries of climate variability, agricultural water storage is widely anticipated to make a key contribution to climate change adaptation in Africa. However, if the planning of water storage is not improved, it is likely that many investments will fail to fully deliver intended benefits. This report describes the agricultural water storage continuum and some of the possible implications of climate change. A simple diagnostic tool which can be used to provide a rapid evaluation of the need and effectiveness of different water storage options, under existing and possible future climate conditions, is presented."

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